Pickles Galore: Pop-Up Show on Sunday 2/12


What does "Pickles Galore" mean anyway? Answer: absolutely nothing. Here's how my fellow exhibiting artists and I came up with the name - we all wrote two random words on pieces of paper, put them in a hat, and picked out various combinations. I guess we were in a silly mood that day, because the best combination was "Pickles Galore."


This show features 9 artists who I have been meeting with once a month for the past year in a Peer Critique Group. What's a "peer critique group"? Good question. This is a group of artists who gets together and gives constructive criticism about each other's art. This particular group is made up of LAAA/Gallery 825 members.


The show is curated by the fantastic Linda Vallejo, who is picking the work tomorrow, so we'll all be surprised on Sunday! 

Come join us!

Click here to RSVP at the Facebook event. This show is free and open to the public.

Invitation to "Solidarity" a pop-up group show

I'm happy to invite you to see a couple of my new paintings, alongside 14 other talented artists, in Solidarity: a pop-up group show.

"This group of artists is a reflection of the great diversity that makes up this city...the exhibition encompasses the energy of Los Angeles, demonstrating a shared harmony and unity - a working dialog of acceptance - that comes from all its communities."

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/610606342450717/

Lamperouge Gallery is located in the Brewery Art Complex. 
Directions & Map: http://www.lamperouge.org/about/



Luck is the Residue of Design

I was excitedly telling a good friend about a new venture I'm embarking on, and she quoted me these lines: 

This gave me pause. There have been several moments in my life where I have felt incredibly lucky, and have expressed this. But upon hearing the quote, I looked back at a couple of these instances, and I can understand what Branch Rickey* means.

For example, only when I stopped looking for love did it find me - quite literally. After having spent most of my college career (privately) lamenting my lack of a boyfriend, I spent my last semester focusing on my painting and my own emotional well being** and stopped giving much thought to boys. One month after graduation, I met my future partner at a friend's party and gave him my number. Six years later, I'm still in the most amazing relationship. Had I met my guy 6 months earlier, I have no doubt that the outcome would have been totally different, for a variety of reasons. Some might call this fate, but I can also see how only when I dropped my desperation at not having a boyfriend was I able to blossom into a more confident (and mature!) person who attracted the attention of this amazing man - and held it. As he has mine. 

Right now I'm feeling "lucky" to be pursuing my art as a career - something my high school art teacher might have predicted, but I certainly didn't. I feel "lucky" to be living in the great metropolis of Los Angeles, and at a time when I'm finally embracing my "urban landscape" moniker - this city has too much to offer in terms of inspiration for me to worry about being "just another urban landscape painter." If that's what I am, so be it. And I feel "lucky"...scratch that - I actually feel grateful for my past work experience in administration, operations, communications and event planning. All these "day jobs" have taught me skills that continue to come in useful daily as I run my own business - in a creative field, with creativity. I could say, what an amazing coincidence! Or, I could acknowledge that where I am today is actually a result of my past life and work experience, working for my benefit - who I am and what I'm doing in this moment - without me consciously knowing it. Now that I am a little tuned in, I feel like my intentional decisions and actions can be made and taken with more confidence; more "design," if you will. 

I can't wait to see what happens next! I'm feeling lucky ;)

*I'm not a baseball fan so I had no idea who Branch Rickey was, but it turns out he was an MLB executive who, among other things, broke the color line by signing Jackie Robinson. 
**I began seeing a therapist, which completely changed my life. 

TONIGHT: Live Painting @ DTLA Art Walk

Photo by Adi Marie from March DTLA Art Walk. 

Photo by Adi Marie from March DTLA Art Walk. 

It's that time again - 2nd Thursday of the month is DTLA Art Walk. I'll be live painting in front of the Hive Gallery from 7-11PM. 

I also have 21 paintings on display inside the gallery (in the fur-lined room all the way at the back). 

Hive Gallery & Studios
729 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

New Exhibit Up @ Hive Gallery

I'm pleased as punch, as they say. This month I'm renting a wall space at the Hive Gallery & Studios, so instead of craning one's neck up to see work displayed on the banister of my studio, you can now view it at eye-level. 

My display at Hive Gallery, April 9-30. 

I'm showcasing one piece from my She Was Just A Dream series, and 20 paintings from my Windows series - click on the link to read more about my 50|50 project. 

The show will be up April 9-30, with events on:

  • April 9 for The Hive's 11-year Anniversary Show (8-11PM) and
  • April 14 for DTLA Art Walk (1-11PM). 

Regular gallery hours are Wed-Sat, 1-6PM. 

"What's that?" you ask. The wall is covered in faux-fur from the last occupant. This place is quite an experience! Come check it out. 

In Review: 2016 LA Art Show

This quote was stenciled on one of the walls in the exhibit - a good reminder. 

Having the opportunity to go to the 21st annual LA Art Show (Jan. 28-31) this year really blew me away.

Selections from Flower Pepper Gallery, featuring paintings by Leila Ataya (top left) and Valerie Pobjoy (bottom left and right).

For those of you unfamiliar to so-called “art fairs,” these are events usually hosted at convention centers where galleries set up booths to showcase their stable of artists. It’s a great opportunity for collectors to find new work, showcased artists to get more exposure, and emerging artists (like yours truly) to find inspiration.

I spent most of my time in the “Littletopia” section. This part of the exhibit, curated by Red Truck Gallery, featured work by contemporary artists, most of whom dabble in pop surrealism. What is pop surrealism? (I had to look it up too, so just including the link because they explain it better than I could). 

You enter Littletopia through a cardboard archway reminiscent of a castle and worthy of Burning Man, created by Jeff Gillette. His "Dismayland" paintings line the walls as you enter (Jeff did indeed collaborate with Banksy on Dismaland, but after many years of already subverting Disney, as this article attests). Other highlights included the selection of paintings on display at Flower Pepper Gallery, and could be better than a maze made of cake and icing by Scott Hove?

Also of note in other parts of the show: the hyper realistic bust of Frida Kahlo by Kazuhiro Tsuji; Justin Bower's huge, fragmented portraits; and Desire Cherish Obtain’s lollipop sculpture. Click here for more info and better photos in this article.

Sculpture by Kazuhiro Tsuji (left), painting by Justin Bower (top right) and live painting by street artist Robert Vargas (bottom right).

Paintings by Eric Forsythe (left, top and bottom), Liz Brizzi (top right) and Jolene Lai (bottom right). 

Accepted to LAAA!

I've been accepted as a member to the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA)! I'm incredibly honored to join the ranks of such an impressive array of talented artists. LAAA (try saying that 3 times fast!) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1925 that works "to provide opportunities, resources, services and exhibition venues [including Gallery 825] for Los Angeles artists, with an emphasis on emerging talent." 

"Over" at Gallery 825, Dec. 12-Jan. 8

LAAA  is a non-profit arts organization that supports, nurtures and develops emerging artists.

LAAA is a non-profit arts organization that supports, nurtures and develops emerging artists.

Dropped off my painting, Over, at Gallery 825 today. I'm very proud that this piece was selected for the Los Angeles Art Association's 2015 Open Show!

This is "LAAA's signature survey exhibition featuring the very best in emerging art." Leslie Jones, Curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), selected my painting out of over 1200 submitted works to be featured in this group show at Gallery 825. 

View list of other exhibiting artists and details about the show on my events page. Opening reception is this Saturday, December 12, 6-9PM. I'll be there - will you? 

C. Rasmussen,  Over , 2015. 24"x30", oil on canvas, $875.

C. Rasmussen, Over, 2015. 24"x30", oil on canvas, $875.